Physical Therapy D.P.T.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Vermont (UVM) consists of 102 graduate credits offered in a 3-year full-time program format, inclusive of summers, that leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program is well recognized for preparing DPT graduates to lead as practitioner scholars who translate evidence into contemporary best practice. The program of study integrates the basic and clinical sciences with physical therapist client/patient management practices and essential skills in scientific inquiry, leadership, business, professionalism, ethics and health policy. Students broaden their professional preparation through participation in 32 weeks of clinical internships interspersed throughout the curriculum. Internships are offered throughout the U.S. in a variety of specialty areas and require student travel to these locations. Assignments are based on students' educational needs and clinical site availability. Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinical internships.
Exceptional faculty role model clinical and research expertise across each of the specialty areas of physical therapist practice while facilitating student development as movement experts who promote health through exercise at the individual and community level. The faculty members below are in addition to those who have been formally appointed as Graduate Faculty members:
Dee, Justine; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; MS, University of Vermont, PT, Northeastern University
Kunsman, Michelle; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; DPT, Simmons College
Smith, Paula; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; DPT, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia
Westervelt, Karen; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science; PHD, Bond University, Australia
Program Mission and Vision
The UVM DPT program mission is to prepare DPT graduates to lead and collaborate in the quest of promoting the health of individuals, communities and society through movement and exercise in order to optimize function, activity, and participation across environments. UVM graduates are movement experts who provide ethical, evidence-based, client-centered services in a culturally sensitive manner as they serve society to enhance quality of life. Graduates are decision makers in the primary care team who have a clear understanding of the importance of lifelong learning that will support their client, patient and professional needs.
The program's vision is to be recognized for leadership in its contribution to the creation, advancement, and dissemination of translational research while striving toward excellence to educate DPT scholars who collaborate to "transform society by optimizing movement," and promote individual and population health of our communities and society.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination administered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
The DPT program at UVM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314 (703) 706-3245,email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy
Applicants must complete the prerequisite course requirements and a baccalaureate degree in any major from UVM or any regionally accredited institution. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from institutions outside the U.S. will also be considered.
Applicants to the DPT program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in their undergraduate studies. All applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher prior to entry into the DPT program:
- Two semesters of anatomy/physiology
- Two semesters of college chemistry with labs
- Two semesters of physics with labs
- Two semesters of biology (not botany or zoology)
- One semester of psychology
- One semester of statistics
All Applicants must complete the Common Application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), a division of the American Physical Therapy Association. Follow all instructions on the site. Application materials should be submitted directly to PTCAS and includes:
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Official Transcript(s) from all U.S. and Canadian schools attended. PTCAS and the UVM D.P.T. program accept prerequisite credits from regionally accredited institutions only. For international applicants, transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an official service and sent to the CNHS Office of Student Services.
Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. GRE Code is 7708. Minimum preferred scores are 150 Quantitative, 150 Verbal and 4.0 Writing. Scores must be received by the application deadline.
Complete the supplemental UVM Graduate College Application form. Include the following information:
- Upload a document that reads: "See essay on the PTCAS application."
- Application Fee
- Note: No transcripts, letters of recommendation or other materials submitted in the PTCAS application need to be submitted to the University of Vermont.
If applying to the combined DPT/PhD in Neuroscience program select the DPT/NGP option on the supplemental application. See website for details.
Complete the D.P.T. Prerequisite Course Completion form.
Minimum Degree Requirements
The UVM DPT program requires successful completion of 102 graduate credits.
Curriculum for Class of 2018, 2019, and 2020:
|ANNB 300||Human Gross Anatomy||6|
|DPT 410||Fundamentals of Clinical Pract||3|
|DPT 450||Professional Form/Leadershp I||1|
|DPT 401||Health Systems I - Policy||2|
|DPT 411||Movement System I||3|
|DPT 405||Clinical Medicine||4|
|DPT 414||Clinical Reasoning||2|
|DPT 406||Exercise Science||3|
|DPT 415||Psychsoc Aspcts Hlth Wellbeing||3|
|DPT 408||Fundamentals Critical Inquiry||3|
|DPT 420||Musculoskeletal Management I||4|
|DPT 451||Prof Formation/Leadrshp II-ICE||2|
|DPT 412||Movement System II||4|
|DPT 407||Pharmacology and Nutrition||1|
|DPT 423||Neurological Management I||4|
|DPT 421||Musculoskeletal Management II||4|
|DPT 426||Cardiovasc and Pulmonary Mgt||3|
|DPT 452||Prof Formatn/Leadrshp III-ICE||2|
|DPT 493||Doctoral Research Project I||1|
|DPT 422||Musculoskeletal Management III||3|
|DPT 427||Integmnt, Endocrine, Multi Sys||3|
|DPT 424||Neurological Management II||3|
|DPT 402||Health Sys II-Quality Improvmt||2|
|DPT 494||Doctoral Research Project II||2|
|DPT 460||Clinical Edu Experience I||2|
|DPT 403||Health Sys III-Business Mgt||2|
|DPT 416||Rehabilitation Technology||3|
|DPT 425||Neurological Management III||3|
|DPT 453||Prof Form/Leadrshp IV-ICE/IPE||2|
|DPT 404||Health Sys IV-Health Promotion||3|
|DPT 495||Doctoral Research Project III||2|
|DPT 413||Movement System III||4|
|DPT 496||Special Topics||2|
|DPT 461||Clinical Edu Experience IIA||2|
|DPT 462||Clinical Edu Experience IIB||2|
|DPT 463||Clinical Edu Experience III||4|
Students will be recommended for graduation by the DPT faculty if they:
Receive no more than 2 passing course grades below a B
Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of their didactic course work
Pass their Comprehensive Examination
Pass all clinical internships and clinical education coursework expectations during their clinical experience and receive no more than one U grade in a clinical education course (that was successfully retaken for a S grade)
Illustrate evidence of professional behaviors commensurate with professional doctoral practice in physical therapy
Limited Waiver Option
The DPT program faculty, under special circumstances, may allow a waiver of up to 6 credits based on prior knowledge. A course waiver form inclusive of prior knowledge supporting documentation must be submitted to the Chair of the DPT Admissions, Progression and Retention (APR) Committee and Program Director (PD) at least 2 weeks prior to the semester where the potentially waived course is offered. The DPT APR Committee will review all requests for recommendation to the PD. Students will receive notification of decision in writing and the Graduate College will be notified when a waiver has been approved.. The student assumes responsibility for all content of any approved course waiver.
The examination takes the form of a small group research project or a systematic review that culminates in a written paper and an oral dissemination/defense. The written paper and presentations may take multiple formats and must be satisfactorily completed by the end of the 2nd year of the program and prior to beginning DPT 461 Clinical Education IIA. Should students not pass the comprehensive examination, they will have one additional opportunity to remediate and provide evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes of the comprehensive examination prior to being able to progress to their clinical rotations.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy
Successful completion of all graded graduate credits with a 3.00 GPA or better and the comprehensive examination.